Area Churches Plan Services

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Where would you place yourself in the Christmas story?

Are you a shepherd; a wise man; Mary the mother of Jesus; Joseph his earthly father?

These are thoughts at least one local pastor asks people to ponder as she presents the age-old story of Christ’s birth.

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In fact, Pastor Janet Potter of the Community Presbyterian Church of St. Maries, said that is the biggest challenge of the year.

Other ways she presents the story is through Old Testament Prophecies or in the case of the younger generations, relate it to a trending book or movie.

“I haven’t been doing full-time pastoring very long, so it is all fresh for me,” she said. “It excites me to find new ways to tell a story that many people can tell in their sleep.”

Greg Worch, pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, said he doesn’t present anything new or different in his Christmas service; rather he offers the same story and depends on God to do the rest.

“We proclaim the word in a traditional service and fully rely on the Holy Spirit to convict,” he said. “What people get out of it depends on the individual’s focus.”

The New Testament offers two versions of the story of Christ’s birth, first in Matthew and again in Luke.

“Matthew is specifically written to a Jewish audience, so it has a different perspective, where Luke was written to a Gentile audience,” Pastor Worch said. “The perspectives may be a little different, but the story is the same.”

Pastor Dale Harrison of the First Baptist Church said he tries to make his message different each year.

“Everybody has heard that Baby Jesus was born in a manger in Bethlehem,” he said. “I try not to leave him in in the manger but expand on the story. I am planning on taking it clear through his life to his death on the cross and resurrection.”

Pastor Harrison said he has worked on the message that he plans to deliver Christmas Eve off and on for weeks.

“I plan to show how great a gift Jesus is for mankind,” he said.

Several area churches will hold Christmas services this week. Service information is listed below by location.

St. Maries

Benewah Community Worship – Christmas Eve Service, 5 p.m., Benewah Community Center, 11640 Benewah Creek Road

Community Presbyterian Church – Christmas Eve Service, 5 p.m. Dec. 24, 1100 College Avenue. Christmas Dinner, 3-5 p.m. Dec. 25

St. Mary’s Immaculate Catholic Church – Christmas Eve Service, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 24, 921 West Jefferson Avenue

First Baptist Church – Christmas Eve Service, 7 p.m. Dec. 24, 520 S. Second Street

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 7 p.m. Dec. 24, 130 S. 10th Street

Church of the Nazarene – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 8 p.m. Dec. 24, 175 Grandview Drive

Plummer

Our Lady of Perpetual Help – Christmas Eve Mass, 5 p.m. Dec. 24, 1173 E Street

Worley

Worley Community Church – Christmas Eve Service, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 24, 30203 S. 1st Street

St. Michael Catholic Church – Christmas Morning Mass, 10 a.m. Dec. 25, 1824 I Street

DeSmet

Sacred Heart Mission – Midnight Mass, Dec. 24, Christmas Mass, Noon Dec. 25, 149 Byrnes Avenue

Harrison

Our Lady of Perpetual Help – Christmas Eve Mass, 4 p.m. Dec. 24, Pine Street

Harrison Community Baptist Church – Christmas Eve Service, 7 p.m. Dec. 24, 100 Pine Street

UpRiver

UpRiver Bible Church – Christmas Eve Service, 6 p.m. Dec. 24, 64100 Highway 3 South

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